Florence Foster Jenkins
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (PG)
D: Stephen Frears
Paramount/BBC/Pathé/Qwerty (Michael Kuhn & Tracey Seaward)
UK/France 🇬🇧 🇫🇷 2016
W: Nicholas Martin
DP: Danny Cohen
Ed: Valerio Bonelli
Mus: Alexandre Desplat
PD: Alan MacDonald
Cos: Consolata Boyle
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Hugh Grant (St. Clair Bayfield), Simon Helberg (Cosmé McMoon), Rebecca Ferguson (Kathleen Weatherley), Nina Arianda (Agnes Stark)
Proof that Meryl Streep can do no wrong, and even when she's lousy, she can nab herself an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
In this biopic, played-for-laughs, she stars as 1940's socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, who spent much of her vast fortune attempting to launch a career as an opera singer, despite a lack of basic talent.
Although Meryl Streep won her 20th Academy Award nomination for her performance, it's Hugh Grant, as her husband and manager, who deserves the plaudits for this one.
A good film, sure, but nowhere near an Oscar-worthy one.